NCEL Division One – 3rd October 2020
Selby Town suffered their fourth straight loss after they meekly surrendered a two goal lead in the last twenty five minutes of the game. A much better performance than Tuesday, seemed to have put The Robins in a great position to earn their first three points, until, like a switch being thrown, all drive and intensity was lost. Town were unable to stop crosses being fired into their box, and unable to stop Parkgate from taking full toll of the opportunities presented.
Ominously, Selby are clear of last place by only one goal, and pre-season hopes of promotion, look a lost pipe dream.
Town were able to welcome back Luke Sellers, and George Bissett to their back line. Liam Preston was handed a debut at right back, and impressed all game. Zeph Thomas continued up front in the absence of Josh Street, out for another three weeks, and one of a number of injured players.
Selby made a reasonable start to the half, and after Parkgate had taken a shot which went over the bar, Liam Preston popped up on the end of a Liam Flanagan cross. Under pressure he was not able to find a finish. The same player was in the box again, only to head another Liam Flanagan cross over. This, just after Zeph Thomas had a shot which flew just wide.
After starting in the ascendency, Town fell behind. Acres of space down the Selby left, allowed a dangerous cross to find Zak Khalifa at the far post. A striker of his quality was not going to miss.
It took The Robins a while to get back to where they had been, but eventually they began to create pressure. A cross from Selby’s right was not cleared, and was returned to the box from the left. The part cleared ball reached Liam Flanagan, who was able to fizz a shot past the ‘keeper and into the corner of the net.
Almost immediately Jon-Paul Vass got on the end of a cross, only to hit the outside of the stanchion with his effort.
Having got back on terms, it was Selby who were exerting the greater pressure, and sure enough The Robins were able to take the lead. A Jon-Paul Vass in swinging corner was met by the head of Zeph Thomas. The ball ended up in the net despite a desperate attempt to clear by a Parkgate defender.
Parkgate attempted to respond. Town were guilty of conceding free kicks around the edge of their area. Dylan Parkin was called upon to beat out one attempt at goal. Another free kick ended with a Parkgate cross which just went over the top of the Selby bar.
Further Dylan Parkin intervention was required, but he set up a flowing counter attack, which ended with Charlie Clamp shooting wide.
As the half ended Town fans were encouraged by a performance, much more like the Robins of last season.
The second half started well, with a Zeph Thomas turn and shot being just wide of the post. Town continued to have the best of the play and it was not a surprise when they extended their lead. Zeph Thomas, who was having his best game so far in a Selby shirt, held the ball up to play in Liam Flanagan behind the Parkgate defenders. His low cross towards the far post fell perfectly for the charging Jon-Paul Vass to smash the ball home.
As expected Parkgate responded, but it seemed that Selby were containing their attacks.
A turning point came on about 65 minutes, when Liam Flanagan missed a glorious chance to put The Robins out of sight. Played in behind the Parkgate defence, and with only the goalkeeper to beat, he somehow shot wide of the near post with the whole goal to aim at.
Town then became devoid of drive and energy, and found mounting attacks of their own difficult. The Parkgate attack became the red tide, with Selby seemingly unable to stem the flow.
Dylan Parkin made a great stop, but Parkgate got one back from the resulting corner. A ball played in around the penalty spot, saw an unchallenged Brad Kilburn head the ball decisively past Selby’s exposed goalkeeper.
Parkgate hit the post in their very next attack.
Despite Zeph Thomas drawing a good save out of the Parkgate’ keeper, that red tide kept coming. Another cross, and another unchallenged header, this time from FreddyTracey, and Parkgate were back on terms.
Selby attacks were rare. Liam Preston combined well with Liam Flanagan down the right, only for the cross to miss the Town players in the penalty box. Charlie Clamp hit a shot over the top when the ball rebounded back to him.
Apart from this it looked only a matter of time before Parkgate secured their winner. Dylan Parkin made two point blank saves to deny his former team mates, and a shot flashed just wide of the post with him scrambling.
The inevitable winning goal came just before the end. Yet again it was all too easy for the attackers to find a cross, and this time it was Sam Ackroyd who was unchallenged as he headed past Dylan Parkin.
The dejected team left the pitch knowing that for large parts they had been in control of the game, but that was just not enough to secure their first points of the season.
Town will welcome Armthorpe Welfare to the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium for a 7:45 kick off this Tuesday. Armthorpe are also without a point this season so something will have to give on Tuesday. Make sure that you are at the ground to give your full support to the team. One win will make all the difference. Be there to help.
Parkgate: Zac Walker, Ollie Yates, Tom Staniland, Brad Kilburn , matt Crookes ,Harry Holland, Luke Hodgkinson, Tom Almond, Sam Ackroyd, Freddy Tracey, Zak Khalifa.
Subs: Haydn Ward, Tim Whittaker, Elliott Simpson, Jack Downs.
Goal Scorers: Zak Khalifa 13’, Brad Kilburn 68’, Freddy Tracey 75’, Sam Ackroyd 88’
Selby Town: Dylan Parkin, Liam Preston, Luke Sellers, Myles Lawman, Ryan Gothard, George Bissett, Ryan Cooper, Charlie Clamp, Liam Flanagan, Zeph Thomas, Jon-Paul Vass.
Subs: Reuben Pearse, Joe Matique, Harvey John, Brett Lucas, Nick Kennedy.
Goal Scorers: Liam Flanagan 21’, Zeph Thomas 31’, JP Vass 51’